CAREGIVER: A LOVE STORY

“There are only four kinds of people in the world. Those who have been caregivers, those who are currently caregivers, those who will be caregivers, and those who will need caregivers.”

— Rosalynn Carter, Former First Lady of the United States and founder of the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving

Four years into her battle with cancer, Bambi decided to forego additional painful medical treatments and live her final weeks at home with the support of hospice. Although he was reluctant to let go of the love of his life, whom he had met only three years earlier, Rick supported her decision.

Bambi and Rick’s journey begins on a high note. Death may be fast-approaching, but there is an air of celebration, even optimism. The atmosphere changes quickly when family members must return to their homes abroad and Rick is left to manage Bambi’s growing needs on his own. Without a full night’s sleep in months, the around-the-clock responsibilities eventually send Rick into a state of physical and emotional exhaustion.

CAREGIVER: A LOVE STORY challenges viewers to acknowledge the difficult challenges facing family caregivers and to envision a new approach. Enjoy our trailer!

Over the past decade, we’ve gotten better at caring for the dying.  But now we have a new crisis on our hands: the plight of those who care for them.

CAREGIVER: A LOVE STORY highlights an essential, yet largely unseen workforce—the family caregivers of America. 2017 was the first time in over a hundred years that more people died at home than in a hospital. But in bringing the dying home, 44 million non-professional caregivers are now working double-time and for free in jobs that they are completely untrained for.

The film is the tale of one man struggling to care for his dying wife. When 59-year-old Bambi decides to forgo further treatment for her cancer and die at home, her husband Rick leaves his job to become her primary caregiver—a role for which he has no experience and little support.

Bambi and Rick’s journey begins on a high note. Her pain is under control and family and friends flock to her bedside.  Death may be fast-approaching, but there is an air of celebration, even optimism. The atmosphere changes quickly when family members must return to their homes abroad and Rick is left to manage Bambi’s growing needs on his own. Without a full night’s sleep in months, the around-the-clock responsibilities eventually send Rick into a state of physical, financial, and emotional exhaustion.

CAREGIVER: A LOVE STORY challenges viewers to acknowledge the growing strain placed on family caregivers and to envision a new approach.

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